Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Xhaka starts for both teams: Arsenal v FC Basel line-ups

Arsenal take on FC Basel tonight as we look for our first Champions League win of the season.

Here are the official line-ups, and Arsenal are wearing the away kit tonight because of a ruling from UEFA.

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Xhaka, Cazorla, Ozil, Iwobi, Walcott, Alexis

Subs: Cech, Gibbs, Gabriel, Oxlade-Chamberlain, The Jeff, Elneny, Lucas

FC Basel: Vaclik, Traore, Balanta, Xhaka, Lang, Zuffi, Bjarnason, Steffen, Fransen, Suchy, Doumbia

Subs: Vailati, Gaber, Sporar, Delgado, Elyounoussi, Hoegh, Calla

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Paul

Looks good COYG!

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Alexis up front. Ospina in goal? He has lost it.

Why won’t he play a real stricckker up front????

Well, at least he has relegated Coquelin to the bench for Xhaka!

Sarcasm?

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No, rather I’m just two weeks too late in the party, it would appear.

Just checking 🙂

Love you man.

Yes you are, and the reason you are is that within those two weeks Alexis has played two games up front. One against Hull in which he looked very good, and much better than his previous games there. And one against Chelsea in which he played even better.

Instantly re read and think maybe you weren’t being completely sincere… too late to delete… too much time reading all the wally o arsenal Facebook pages constantly complaining about everything. Sorry man.

Anonymarse

Looks like we’re putting out our best team. Hopefully we make short work of them.

Mark

Interesting how even with the depth we have now that Wenger continues to not want to rotate (primarily in my opinion giving Elneny and Perez a chance). It’s a strong squad he has put out for sure, but have to also think long term making sure players are not overplayed and that others are getting enough matches to be able to contribute when called upon.

Pazma

I agree, I’d like to see more rotation.

Abhi

They’ll get their chance. It’s a long season.

Copelandão

I think the reasoning is to get this 11 really working well rather than killing their form. The season’s only just started so no real need to rest players just yet and with the international break coming we’ll be forced to rotate due to late arrivals and injuries anyway.

OvertheGoon

We have royally ballsed up Champions League matches before though… several times! Think we need continuity and momentum. Having said that I thought Gibbs looked good the other day so maybe he could have been included. And maybe Elneny. Hmm and Lucas. And when is the Jeff going to get a game!

oozil

Difficult match.. remember basel eliminating manu and livpool.. strongest team selected thou.. hope we win

Anonymarse

Fortunately we don’t suck ass like them

Indian Gooner

Why is Giroud not even there on the bench?

Antony

He’s a)injured and b)banned. Otherwise, good point…

Anonymarse

That would explain it

Matt

Red Card last game………….

Indian Gooner

My bad! I forgot he got a red card last game.

dan

Do you follow Arsenal at all? like really? Giroud is suspended for this game and on top of that he is nursing an injury.

Arsepedant

A bit harsh, don’t you think?

Smart-Arse

Schoolground bully

BW

Ospina aside, that’s basically first team. Wonder if he wants to keep the fluidity of the team going as that lineup gels really well right now.

Fergal

No more slip ups. Anhilate the weaker teams hope psg do an Arsenal (of last season) and qualify top nice and early!

Rectum Spectrum

Ospina in for cech.

This is just fucking ridiculous. Any other top teams playing their #2 by choice? Ospina is way off Cechs standard.

Arsepedant

Did you watch the match against PSG, by any chance?

Wenger has a large Coq

Yes. Other teams do do it, see Barcelona. Ospina is not as far off cech as you may think, proved it against PSG.

Fifa ratings dont matter

Fifa 17 ratings of ospina and cech shows the difference in quality. 😉

Runzac

As his name is a giveaway – his opinion originates in the rectum

Maasai Gooner

Hopefully both El neny and Lucas comes in the second half.. I’m particularly interested in getting to see Lucas do the ‘interesting gamble ‘

Coq au Vin

What the fuck is this away kit bullshit?! We’re playing at home you UEFA muppets.

Arsepedant

You might want to read the reasoning before flying off the handle. Our home kit conflicts with both of their kits, and they don’t have a third kit. And we’ve worn our away kit at home in European competition before. It’s not a big deal.

Wenger has a large Coq

When things are going well, some people still need something to complain about. “EVERYTHING IS SHIIITT”

Coq au Vin

I’m not complaining just didn’t understand the reasoning… And you know what, fuck off!

Luis Boa Muerte

Yeah, fuck off!

Antispuds returns

I don’t think it’s down to uefa mate. They are just advertising a kit. Worst of all, we got to hear Micheal Owen before, half time and after the game! !! Bloody BT

Ross

Understand picking a strong team but personally would rear cazorla, still a great player but not sure his legs have 3 games in 7 days still in him, would let him recover and put Elneny in, maybe protect iwobi a bit too and play Perez or ox on the left

Runzac

I dont think anyone is allowed to rear Cazorla

Arsepedant

This is a fantastic line-up and I’m expecting great things from it. If anyone needs a rest we can rotate against Burnley on the weekend – this match is much more important.

Danicray87

Mark
He rotated the team last time and got slated, he never does anything right to some

Rosicky7egend

Wanted to see elneny from the outset 🙁

Kinghenrythe14th

This time last season, with the Coq and Ramsey injured, we’d have been fretting over Flamini or Arteta getting over run in midfield. Now we can sit back, relax and call up Xhaka or El neny. Oh squad depth, how sweet thou art!

kingso

Why not give Lucas Perez pkaytime, was He bought to come and sit on the bench?

Antispuds returns

He is far behind in terms of fitness level compared to the rest of the quad. I know some will mention mustafi but strickers are different. For now it’s EPL and FA cup for him. Remember the season is very very long. Plenty of games for him, there will be, because the force is stronger with this one.

Shaka Zulu

The worst arsenal game is normally after a big win… Should be close, 2-1 to the arse

Antispuds returns

3-1

Anonymarse

9-0

where’s your sense of optimism

gunnerfan ov crystal palace

At the moment the first spot is up for grabs in arsenal fc clge group surely arsenal will win.

Katy.

Wow! Theoooo!

Antispuds returns

Theo has just been upgraded from man to beast.

die hard gooner

I havent seen us play this great in a long while. This is just wonderful football. And theo is on fire. This his form before the tottenham injury with better defensive contribution.

Antispuds returns

You didn’t see the great chavs bashing then mate

Anonymarse

Just cutting them open at will

rmpauden

Yep hats off to Theo..and he.s not even over celebrating. Keep it up!

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